A posse of tearful caimans

first_img“Government gotta find a place fuh put me in, right. Government brought me from my home, not a house, I don’t live in a house, right. (…) I am a humble servant”.This is how Junior Minister Simona Broomes justified the squandering of tax dollars to fund her G million annual rent allowance. Almost G million in monthly salary and other ministerial benefits, plus the usual ,000 monthly rent allowance, wasn’t enough for the Minister’s seemingly insatiable appetite for luxury. The Government residences at Echilibar Villas on Stone Avenue, Campbellville, Georgetown, must not have been up to her standards. Based on information received from some in the Minister’s previous neighbourhood, Broomes had allegedly taken up residence in Queenstown, Georgetown, at a monthly rent of less than G0,000, before requesting to be relocated to the mansion which placed her at the heart of her most recent scandal. But what does she know of humility when her annual rent is worth five times a cane cutter’s annual salary?The justification she gave during her last press conference was a tedious expression of mediocrity during which she would have us almost believe that she was taken by force from her family to serve as Minister. A tearful caiman might have been more convincing than Broomes. The powers that be and all aspiring to take up leadership roles in Government, should be reminded that the choice to serve the people of Guyana is a personal one, requiring self-sacrifice whenever needed and throughout one’s political career.Therefore, the Guyanese people owe those in the public service nothing more than their salaries. Yet, we’re forced to look at highfalutin Ministers pretend to be victims, to justify avarice and the wasteful expenses of our already limited resources. One should think that the Republic Bank robbers were scarcely anything much in comparison to the Government of Guyana when it comes to robbing the poor.Upon simple examination, shifting the ministerial housing allowances from G,000 to G0,000/month (a 1900 per cent increase), equates to approximately G0 million/year for one Prime Minister, 13 Ministers, eight Junior Ministers and three Vice Presidents.Similarly, with the salary increases accommodating the extravagant tastes of the regime, these 25 senior officials rake up an estimated G6,476,936 yearly (non-inclusive of presidential expenses, health insurance, travel expenses, per diem and other perks and benefits).But the weight of the coalition’s rapacious penchants is ironically borne by the small woman and man who perform the back-breaking task or keeping the staggering economy alive. Our rural people, sugar workers included, make up the bulk of this population. Nevertheless, the hard work of those toiling the traditional income earning sectors is now being compensated by what can be described as deliberate State neglect and marginalisation. Sugar workers are the best representation of this inhumane, backward thinking.After tens of millions were injected into the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) Commission of Inquiry, the recommendations produced were literally ignored and the coalition pursued its malign quest to gut sugar workers.As if this wasn’t enough, the APNU/AFC has decided to inject more tax dollars to further chastise sugar workers and force them into poverty. Finance Minister Winston Jordan during the last parliamentary sitting, requested G0 million to set up a “Special Purpose Unit” which will be tasked with selling off GuySuCo’s assets. He barefacedly informed the House that more funds will eventually be needed during the course of the year.And to top it off, the Minister confirmed that 60 to 70 per cent of the funds are just for salaries of the Unit’s head, deputy head and legal advisers. It is yet to be revealed who these presumed professionals will be.Do those who voted for change feel a pang of guilt nipping at them every now and again, when they come to terms with the fact that their votes and tax dollars are just as responsible as the Government of Guyana, in the horrendous persecution of sugar workers. Have we forgotten that the heart of Guyana lies beyond Georgetown, and that thousands of our rural people are on the verge of being jobless overnight?Does no one ask why it is that when the world needs a steady supply of sugar, the Government prefers to invest our finances in the industry’s demise rather than its mechanisation?When will we understand that Guyana is a primarily rural country and that if our rural people suffer, the nation cannot progress?last_img read more


first_imgBUSINESSMAN Eamonn Blaney – son of the late TD Neil T Blaney – is quitting Ireland, he said today.Writing in a blog on his website, Mr Blaney said the country faced economic oblivion unless the Government changed direction.The member of the Blaney dynasty, who stood as an independent candidate in Dublin in this year’s General Election, said he’d had enough and was getting out. The owner of Letterkenny’ Central Bar and former chairman of the Donegal Motor Club launched a scathing attack on the banks, revealing that one of them wouldn’t even open an account for his election bid!He said it was time Ireland pulled out of the euro, brought back the punt and linked it to our biggest trading partner – Britain.Mr Blaney wrote today: “Quietly and behind-the-scenes the Government must decide to show real leadership.“The type of leadership that will galvanise the people behind the Government, the type of leadership that inspires and, most importantly, demonstrates that what is right by the many, must come before what is profitable for the few. “This leadership will have to make the most difficult decision faced by any government since the founding of the State.“That decision is that they inform the ECB that, due to the illegality of the banks representatives’ behaviour, we must withdraw the bank guarantee and the Irish people cannot be expected to pay for a private company’s losses.“Simultaneously, we must withdraw from the euro and return to our own currency which we would devalue by about 20 per cent and, most importantly, peg its exchange rate to sterling.”Mr Blaney said however that unless people elected a government that would change, the necessary changes needed are unlikely to happen.He went on: “Until such time as the majority of the voters in this country come to the same conclusion I have been left with no practical alternative but to emigrate and join the 70,000-plus Irish people who have gone already.” You can read his entire article here: www.donegaldaily.com/2011/05/29/eamonn-blaney-on-quitting-ireland-his-blog-in-full/EAMONN BLANEY: ‘I’M GETTING OUT OF IRELAND’ was last modified: May 29th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:banks crisisdonegaleamonn blaneyemigrationletterkennylast_img read more

Posse set to hunt illegals

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThose who are captured by the posse could end up in jail, charged under the state law that allowed local law enforcement agencies to charge suspected smugglers in Arizona. The offense was already a federal crime. The state law has been used against more than 100 illegal immigrants in Maricopa County this year. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AVONDALE, Ariz. – A 250-member sheriff’s posse launched patrols in desert areas and major roadways southwest of Phoenix on Wednesday night, searching for illegal immigrants to arrest under a new state smuggling law. The group was comprised of existing Maricopa County sheriff’s deputies and members of the department’s 3,000-member posse reserve of trained volunteers. The posse will patrol the area for illegal immigrants who pay smugglers to cross through Arizona, the busiest illegal-entry point along the 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico border. “You’ve got the people of this country and the people of Maricopa County behind you,” Sheriff Joe Arpaio told members of his posse. “You also have the sheriff behind you.” last_img read more

Scotland debut has given me huge lift, says Ryan Christie

first_img“Hopefully there’s a few more friendlies between now and the next campaign and my job now is to keep my form as high as possible to keep my face in the picture.“Going out there it didn’t feel like too big a step up. Every footballer in Scotland wants to step up into the international stage, that’s the biggest step. “To do that tonight, I was delighted and now I’ve got to push on and try to do it again.” “Obviously I’m delighted to make my full Scotland debut. Being at Pittodrie was a nice touch. I’m a little bit disappointed at the result but the gaffer said there’s plenty positives to take from the game.“Apart from their goal it’s hard to think of another chance they had and we created a right few chances so a wee bit more clinical in front of goal and we could have come out here with a much better result.”The Aberdeen star, on loan from Celtic, said he had taken a real lift from international recognition and as the squad looks ahead to the announcement of a new manager and the Euro 2020 campaign he was determined to have continued involvement.“I can take a lot of belief,” he said. “It’s great experience and it’s a great push for me now at club level to try to keep my standards week to week as high as I can. Ryan Christie says he has taken a real lift from his Scotland debut and will do everything he can to keep his place in the squad.Christie played the full 90 minutes as Scotland lost 1-0 to the Netherlands in their friendly on Thursday night.The midfielder took pride in the team’s performance overall. “It was a great experience and a great night for me and a few of the other players as well,” he said. last_img read more

Hopes Dashed for Yet Another Alzheimer’s Therapy

first_imgAlzheimer’s researchers—not to mention patients and families—have faced a long string of disappointments in recent years as one promising treatment after another has failed to stop or slow the disease. The latest blow came yesterday as Pfizer and its partners announced that they are suspending development of the intravenous form of bapineuzumab after it failed to improve mental or physical function in 1300 patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease.Bapineuzumab is an antibody that targets β amyloid, a protein fragment that accumulates in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients and is widely thought to be a key culprit in the disease process. Despite encouraging evidence from animal studies that it clears amyloid from the brain, when it came to clinical improvements in human patients the drug proved no better than placebo in two phase III clinical trials.The first trial, announced in July, showed no benefit in 1100 people with a genetic variant that increases the risk of Alzheimer’s. The second trial, announced yesterday, showed no benefit in people without this genetic variant.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)”I wouldn’t describe it as a surprise, but it’s a disappointment for sure,” says John Hardy, an Alzheimer’s researcher at University College London. “These companies have spent an enormous amount of time on this particular antibody.” There are a number of reasons why the trials may have failed, Hardy says, including the possibility that the antibody did not have high enough affinity for the particular forms of amyloid that do the most damage in the brain, or that the patients in the trials had already experienced too much brain degeneration to benefit.Clinical trials expected to begin early next year will put the latter possibility to the test in people with genetic mutations that cause an early-onset form of Alzheimer’s disease. Participants in their 30s and 40s will receive antiamyloid drugs years before symptoms would be expected to appear. Bapineuzumab could still be considered for those trials, among other options. Results from a phase III trial with another antibody that targets β amyloid—solanezumab, developed by Eli Lilly—should be announced later this year. “Undoubtedly, this is worrying for the Lilly antibody,” Hardy says of the bapineuzumab results. But he says he hasn’t given up hope that the Lilly trial will produce better results. Solanezumab has different molecular characteristics than bapineuzumab, and it’s conceivable it does a better job clearing harmful forms of amyloid from the brain, Hardy says.Despite this latest setback, Samuel Gandy, an Alzheimer’s researcher at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, says he’s more optimistic than ever that scientists will eventually figure out how and when to lower β amyloid in order to stave off dementia. “I think that controlling one’s amyloid β is likely to be a lifelong endeavor just like controlling one’s cholesterol,” Gandy says.last_img read more

Simeone: ‘Atleti don’t finish chances’

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Diego Simeone admits Atletico Madrid struggle to convert their scoring opportunities after a 1-0 Champions League defeat to Juventus. The match was decided by a remarkable Paulo Dybala goal from the tightest of angles, which secures top spot in the group for the Bianconeri. “We played against a great team, incidents can happen, but we still lack sharpness in our finishing and making those moves count,” said the Colchoneros coach in his press conference. “We create the chances, with opportunities both in the first and the second half. Vitolo and Alvaro Morata played well, Felipe had an extraordinary match. “It’s good that we are creating the chances, and sooner or later we will score goals if we keep doing that. It requires patience and hard work. We need more of an effort to convert those opportunities. “We are on track with the objectives of the club. That is why we need patience.” Simeone was asked what he thought of the Juventus performance this evening. “You should ask the Juventus coach that, not me…”last_img read more

Rarefied air

first_imgAnshu Jampsenpa, mountaineer, on setting records, taking risks and regulating Mt EverestQ. You made history with the fastest double-ascent of Mount Everest.Records are just an offshoot of my passion for mountains. It’s the climbing itself that has changed me enormously as a person. I appreciate the fragility of life more.Q.,Anshu Jampsenpa, mountaineer, on setting records, taking risks and regulating Mt EverestQ. You made history with the fastest double-ascent of Mount Everest.Records are just an offshoot of my passion for mountains. It’s the climbing itself that has changed me enormously as a person. I appreciate the fragility of life more.Q. Has the pursuit of ‘firsts’ cheapened mountaineering?A lot of climbers climb to simply get their names in some record books. But mountaineering as a sport will never be cheapened. A casual attitude will never bring you success.Q. What’s your life like away from the mountains?Well, I am a mother to two lovely daughters. My husband Tsering Wange is also into adventure. He runs a travel company, Himalayan Holidays, and I help him with it.Q. What does Buddhism mean to you?I was born a Buddhist. To me, god is above religion, any religion. It’s an intimate connection between god and you. I’ve always felt his presence in the mountains.Q. What are your plans for the future?I would like to lead an all-Indian women expedition to Mt Everest next year if funding and sponsorship money comes through well in time.last_img read more

Wenger: Penalty was scandalous

first_imgWatford v Arsenal Penalty was a ‘scandalous’ decision, claims Wenger Rob Lancaster Last updated 2 years ago 04:45 10/15/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) HD Arsene Wenger Arsenal BEN STANSALL Watford v Arsenal Watford Arsenal Premier League Arsène Wenger A controversial penalty decision helped Watford fight back to beat Arsenal on Saturday, leaving the Gunners manager fuming at the call Arsene Wenger accused referee Neil Swarbrick of making a “scandalous” call as a dubious second-half penalty helped Watford rally to beat Arsenal 2-1 at Vicarage Road on Saturday.Club captain Per Mertesacker celebrated his first Premier League appearance in 532 days with a thumping header to give the visitors a first-half lead.Tadic 11/2 FGS v Newcastle Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. However, after Alex Iwobi and Mesut Ozil failed to convert glorious opportunities to double Arsenal’s lead, Swarbrick judged Hector Bellerin had fouled Richarlison inside the area, enabling substitute Troy Deeney to score an equaliser from the spot in the 71st minute.Watford went on to grab an injury-time winner too, as Tom Cleverley popped up in the right place to slam home a loose ball and hand Arsenal their first defeat in eight games.#WFCvAFC pic.twitter.com/I7DgDc3cGf — Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) October 14, 2017 “It was a scandalous decision to give a penalty like that,” Wenger told BBC Sport. “But we have to deal with it. We had many times the chance to score the second goal. When one-on-one with their goalkeeper, we missed them. In the end, we were punished for it.”The referee was much closer than me [for Watford’s penalty], so you trust his decision. Having seen it again on replay, however, it’s difficult to understand.”We missed a few final balls as well, where we should have been better. But as long as you don’t score that second goal, any decision can hurt you.”Deeney’s impact off the bench made a real difference to the game, with Watford switching from three at the back to a 4-4-2 system following the introduction of their club captain.Wenger, though, felt Arsenal’s attempts to hold on for a point were dealt a blow when Laurent Koscielny – who was playing for the first time since the 2-0 win at West Brom on September 25 – was forced off through injury in the 85th minute.”We didn’t know if Koscielnly would survive for 90 minutes,” he added.”When I looked to change Iwobi with [Jack] Wilshere, Koscielny was not right. In the end, we suffered a bit centrally.”last_img read more

9 months agoWoodward and Man Utd board warming to Solskjaer stay

first_imgWoodward and Man Utd board warming to Solskjaer stayby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer is edging closer to being named permanent manager at Manchester United.Chief Ed Woodward and United’s hierarchy have been wowed by the Norwegian’s 100 per cent start, says The Sun.The executive vice-chairman went into the Wembley dressing room after the 1-0 victory against Spurs to congratulate Solskjaer on the job he is doing.The Old Trafford powerbrokers initially only had Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino in their sights.But former striker Solskjaer’s record-breaking six wins from his first six games has hugely impressed them.Now the clamour for him to get the job permanently is growing not only among the fans and players but in the boardroom, too. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

The Manual Wind: Jacquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Mosaic Elephant

first_img Affordable Watch Hunting: 10 Best Timex Watches For Men Watches are an art form.  When art and watchmaking are mentioned in the same phrase, it typically refers to watch movements.  The art of watchmaking can certainly refer to the amazing engineering and technological prowess necessary to produce extraordinary movements.  Art in watchmaking can extend to more than just a watch movement as Jacquet Droz has proven once again.  Mosaic dials have been used over the years but not like in their new Petite Heure Minute Mosaic Elephant.The ancient art of eggshell mosaic is brought to watchmaking for the first time in a handcrafted scene of elephant migration.  Quail eggshells are hand picked and placed to put together this mosaic scene to create an amazing dial for this 43mm rose gold timepiece.  2,000 pieces are hand sorted and then hand placed taking 200 hours to complete.  This truly artisan timepiece will only be recreated to complete a limited edition series of eight pieces.  The time on this piece is told with rose gold hands on a small black onyx dial.  This work of art is attached to your wrist with a black crocodile strap and rose gold tang buckle.  Turn the watch over and the rotor of this in-house automatic movement shows you the elephant marching on.Jacquet Droz has a history of implementing some of the most of rare and unique dials in their timepieces.  We have seen rare earth materials and hand painted enamel dials from them as well, but this eggshell mosaic truly tumps all.  The price is unpublished but is certain to be very high; if you can get your hands on one. 5 Most Expensive Coffees in the World The Best Casio Watches For Every Occasion Patagonia Goes 100% Sustainable with New Line Called Shell, Yeah! 12 Best Seiko Watches for Men, From Flashy to Functional Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more